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  • Celebrating Christmas

    Celebrating Christmas

    This is the last Sunday but one before Christmas. Christmas is celebrated by everybody, but not everyone celebrates the same reality. Christians celebrate the mystery of the Incarnation, the Word made flesh and born in Bethlehem. Some give this...

  • Quotes and news

    In his Angelus address last Sunday, Pope Francis said: “The mountains and hills that must be lowered are pride, haughtiness and arrogance. Where there is pride, where there is arrogance, where there is haughtiness, the Lord cannot enter because...

  • Second Sunday of Advent: God’s soft voice

    Isaiah 40, 1-5.9-11; 2 Peter 3, 8-14; Mark 1, 1-8. The phrase ‘cry in the wilderness’ is the leitmotif of this Sunday of Advent. In the Scriptures, this cry points to the emptiness of the wasteland that characterised both the situation of God’s...

  • Loving people vs prophetic wrath

    Loving people vs prophetic wrath

    A tension I have often lived with the past few years is how Christians are to respond to evil and sinful structures in the world without becoming bitter and spiteful. I struggled with it when we fought against the proposed development of a...

  • Quotes and news

    The Pope’s letter to the Argentinian bishops confirming their interpretation of Amoris Laetitia and their guidelines should be considered as “authentic magisterium”. This was stated by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin in a note...

  • First Sunday of Advent: It’s not about Christmas

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 63,16-17; 64, 1.3-8; 1 Corinthians 1, 3-9; Mark 13, 33-37. This time every year carries with it a mixture of feelings: a strong desire and sentiment of peace and harmony is weighed down with the feeling of a historical...

  • Advent – a life within

    Advent – a life within

    The pregnant virgin Mother is the icon that gently invites us into Advent:  An expectant woman, waiting for the Word of God to become flesh in her life. She dominates the time of Advent with her silent presence, as she waits with expectant faith...

  • Quotes and news

    Speaking to Myanmar’s political leaders last Tuesday during his visit to the country, Pope Francis said: “The future of Myanmar must be peace, a peace based on respect for the dignity and rights of each member of society, res­pect for each ethnic...

  • Christ the King: God’s criteria

    Today’s readings: Ezekiel 34, 11-12.15-17; 1 Corinthians 15, 20-26.28; Matthew 25, 31-46. Today’s gospel narrative of the judgement scene is a plea to examine our lives both as individuals and as a community. The parable of the sheep and the goats...

  • Hazards of hypocrisy in public life

    Hazards of hypocrisy in public life

    Society is plagued with double standards. In various passages of the gospels of Matthew, Luke and Mark, Jesus appears seriously perturbed by the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. He reserves his greatest condemnation towards these people who seek...

  • Quotes and news

    In his homily on the first Day of the Poor last Sunday, Pope Francis said: “In the poor, we find the presence of Jesus, who, though rich, became poor. In their weakness, a saving power is present. And if in the eyes of the world they have little...

  • 33rd Sunday in ordinary time: The middle road

    Today’s readings: Proverbs 31, 10-13.19-20.30-31; 1 Thessalonians 5, 1-6; Matthew 25, 14-30. There were times in the history of Christianity when Christians were persecuted for being Christians. There were also times when they were persecuted for...

  • Is this the Midas touch?

    Is this the Midas touch?

    Restaurants, holiday cruises, leisure spots… All are overbooked. Supermarkets are overcrowded. Luxury has become a triviality. Cars have become means of desperation rather than means of transport – golden prisons stuck in monumental traffic jams.

  • Quotes and news

    Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, said: “Nowadays the poor are often called socially unprotected people, and society regards them as a problem. Politicians often try to use or buy these people, so they can build...

  • 32nd Sunday in ordinary time: Lessons of life

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 6,12-16; 1 Thessalonians 4,13-18; Matthew 25, 1-13. Wisdom is the one thing that makes our life most sensible. It makes us resourceful, alert to what’s happening not only around us, but most­ly inside us. It is something...

  • When the sun danced in the sky

    When the sun danced in the sky

    Three peasant children in Portugal claimed to have had six ap­paritions of the Madonna on the 13th of every month from May to October 1917. On July 13, Our Lady had told them that she would perform a miracle in October. Eyewitnesses to the amazing...

  • Quotes and news

    “Simply untrue” and “utterly false” were two of the comments by Vatican officials as they strongly denied reports that a commission was set up to examine the possibility of an “ecumenical Mass” which would allow Catholics and Protestants to...

  • 31st Sunday in ordinary time: When religion is ‘fake’

    Today’s readings : Malachi 1, 14 - 2, 2.8-10; 1 Thessalonians 2, 7-9.13; Matthew 23, 1-12. There are times in the history of all peoples and cultures that are turning points and that mark radical shifts in the thinking and beliefs of entire peoples.

  • Poor translations of the liturgy

    Poor translations of the liturgy

    On March 28, 2001, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued the fifth instruction “for the right implementation of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council” on the use of...

  • Quotes and news

    In a video message to participants in the 48th Social Week for Italian Catholics, Pope Francis talked about the different types of work, including that which degrades, humiliates or exploits people. Some of the examples he gave were slavery, the...